“They say bigger is better, but
that’s not what I experienced
at the 2012 RISE conference
in Baltimore. The quality of
presentations was impeccable.
The show brought out the
best of experienced key
technical personnel from
very large corporations. I
will return to RISE 2013
scheduled for Denver.”
Director of Marketing, Polytex Environmental Inks
Ben Bahavar, Ph.D. (Nerac, Inc.)
“Using IP Literature to Identify Product Trends & Potential Opportunities”
“Cellular or lightweight ceramics, and carbon nanotube arrays are but two examples of advanced materials whose novel processing technologies lead to new structures and advanced properties and this in turn stimulates conceiving novel, broader applications. A deeper understanding of structure-property relationship on nanoscale will facilitate fabrication of components with greatly enhanced functionality.”
Analyst Ben Bahavar, Ph.D., is an experimentalist researcher with multidisciplinary training and 17 years of work experience in applied chemistry, semiconductor materials and chemical engineering. His analyses help companies to assess new applications of products and processes, seek solutions to technical problems, and perform feasibility studies. Before joining Nerac, Dr. Bahavar worked as a research engineer at University of Toronto and Clarkson University, where he earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering. While at Clarkson, he introduced an innovative method of producing silicon carbide thin films with enhanced purity and without sacrificing growth rate. At University of Toronto, in a collaborative research project with Environment Canada, he developed an innovative application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) for surface and sub-surface analysis of atmospherically derived organic films on impervious surfaces. He also has industry experience as applications consultant and project manager at WS-Technologies and Yekan Design & Engineering. He is knowledgeable in processing and characterization of semiconductor thin films, process and product development, coatings, and air quality sampling. Dr. Bahavar has written articles for such journals as Applied Physics Letters, Materials Research Society, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, and Environmental Science Technology.
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Maine
B.S., Chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook
Q. Liu, R. Chen, B.E. McCarry, M.L. Diamond, B. Bahavar, “Characterization of Polar Organic Compounds in the Organic Film on Indoor and Outdoor Glass Windows,” Environ. Sci. Technol., 37, p. 2340 (2003)
C.M. Butt, M.L. Diamond, B. Bahavar, Q. Liu, T. Dann, G.A. Stern, “Atmospheric Deposition from Urban Areas Inferred from Organic Films in Urban Areas,” Proceedings of the 45th Conference on Great Lakes Research (Winnipeg, Canada), pp. p. 17, June 2-6,(2002)
B. Bahavar, R.J. McCluskey, M.I. Chaudhry, “An Experimental Study of beta-Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Film Growth in a Horizontal CVD Reactor,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 34, p. 1859, (1995)
B. Bahavar, M.I. Chaudhry, R.J. McCluskey, “Effects of Propane and Methane on Carbonization and Surface Morphology in Hetero-epitaxial Growth of beta-SiC Films on Si(100) via Chemical Vapor Deposition,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 63, (7), p. 914, (1993)
B. Bahavar, M.I. Chaudhry, R.J. McCluskey, “Hetero-epitaxial Growth of beta-SiC Films by CVD Method from Silane, Methane, Propane and Hydrogen Mixtures, Wide Band-gap Semiconductors,” Eds. T.D. Moustakas, J.I. Pankove, Y. Hamakawa, , Pittsburg, p. 555, (1992)
Jon Behm (Cardinal Health, Inc.)
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As part of the Cardinal Health Global Sourcing team, Jon’s role is focused on leveraging the scale of the Medical Segment to drive lower product and supply chain costs and managing suppliers for the Environmental Technologies and Patient Care categories.
During his 28 years with the company, Jon has worked within several businesses and functional areas including sourcing, Operational Excellence, research and development, marketing, engineering and manufacturing. Prior to his current role, Jon led sourcing for manufacturing’s raw materials and finished good buy-ins.
Jon is a graduate of Bradley University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and he received an MBA (marketing management focus) from DePaul University. Jon lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago and is based at the Cardinal Health location in McGaw Park, in Waukegan, Illinois. Jon is married with two children and has spent several years coaching them in a range of sports. Jon’s hobbies include travel, golf and cheering on Chicago’s professional sports teams.
Miko Cakmak, Ph.D. (University of Akron)
“New Role for Nanoparticles in Polymer Processing: Orientation Enhancers”
Dr. Miko Cakmak is Harold A. Morton Chair and Distinguished Professor of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. His area of expertise is on Identification, modeling and simulation of complex structural mechanisms that take place during the course of polymer processing operations of wide range of polymers subjected to solution, melt as well as rubbery state deformation. He also develops novel processes for products in the optics, electronics, and biomaterial device fields. Current activities are focused on real time measurements of true mechano‐optical and mechano‐electrical properties of polymers undergoing flexing, uni and biaxial deformation for optics and flexible electronics applications. He is actively developing novel processes to address the needs of emerging markets. Towards this goal, his group recently developed a hybrid Electrospinning/solution casting multipurpose processing platform to produce functional polymer films including conductive transparent flexible and stretchable films for flexible electronics. Additionally he designed and constructed pilot R2R machine that applies electric, magnetic, thermal fields to orient particles and phases in “Z” direction ( normal to the film plane) to produce films for functional applications including separation membranes and wide range of devices. All these near commercial scale machines are located at brand new National Polymer Innovation Center at the University of Akron dedicated to roll to roll manufacturing of functional polymer films.
J. Vincent Edwards, Ph.D (USDA-ARS-SRRC)
“Nonwoven Ultra Clean, Greige Cotton Wound Dressing Demonstrates Wound Healing Properties”
Dr. Vince Edwards received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Louisville, and has worked for
35 years in research and development in government, industry, and academia. He has spent the last 16
years at one of the USDA’s four major regional Agricultural Research Service facilities, Southern Regional
Research Center in New Orleans, where he is currently a Lead Scientist and Research Chemist in the
Cotton Chemistry Utilization Unit. He has authored and co‐authored numerous refereed papers,
patents, and books on biomedical materials. He is the inventor of a cotton‐based chronic wound
dressing that was brought from lab to a FDA‐approved product. He is past President of the American
Chemical Societies, Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division, and is an active member of the Wound
Healing Society, USA.
Pablo Leon Escobar (Bostik)
“Market Trends That Are Driving Innovation in Nonwovens”
Pablo Leon Escobar is the Americas Market Manager at Bostik in the Global Nonwovens
Division. He has worked in the B2B sector for the last 13 years where has held various
positions in sales and marketing at global companies such as Smurfit Kappa, Crown and
Amcor. He holds a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Marketing from
Universities in Colombia. In 2008, Mr. Escobar joined Bostik where ever since, has
dedicated the last 5 years of his work to the market development of Hotmelt adhesives
for the hygiene industry across the Americas region.
Tamar Giloh (Tamicare Co. Ltd.)
“A Revolutionary 3D Textile Printing Technology”
Tamar Giloh founded Tamicare in 2001 and has served as the company CEO since then, leading the company’s breakthrough into innovative technologies, intellectual property and commercial activities. Tamar was amongst the pioneers who developed and promoted the field of Creative Mind Skills in Israel, training management teams from the private and public organizations. Being a visionary and determined manager, she gathered a group of highly skilled professionals, working jointly towards the company’s success. Tamar holds BA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Practical Marketing Management certificate from The Israel Management Centre (IMC) she takes important role in the creation of the company's IP portfolio.
Troy Grabow (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP)
“Protecting IP Under the New America Invents Act (AIA) – A Primer & Action Plan for Nonwoven Companies”
Troy Grabow has experience in all aspects of patent law, primarily focusing on U.S. district court and appellate litigation, as well as strategic counseling. Mr. Grabow represents clients in a wide range of technologies, including smart phones, electrical connectors, social networking websites, medical devices, drug dispensing systems, automotive technologies, hygiene products, textiles, biotechnology equipment, and building materials. In addition to U.S. district court litigation and appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, he has also successfully handled matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (formerly the U.S. Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences); the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. In addition to his litigation practice, he oversees the patent portfolio of various companies handling all aspects of their intellectual property needs, including opinions, reexaminations, reissues, licensing, and patent monetization and valuation. Mr. Grabow frequently lectures on cutting edge intellectual property issues including recent talks on damages and the America Invents Act. He has handled numerous pro bono cases for military veterans involving claims for military benefits, including a successful oral argument at U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Mark Hartmann (Outlast Technologies LLC)
“Nonwovens with Phase Change Materials – Microclimate Control for Bedding and Apparel”
Mark Hartmann has over 20 years of experience working with polymers, coatings and composites for textile development. As the Research & Development Director for Outlast Technologies, Hartmann is focused on phase change materials (PCMs), working to continuously develop and improve PCM applications and microencapsulation for textiles and new temperature regulating fibers, plastic composite and polymer development for industrial and electronics products. Prior to joining Outlast in 2000, Hartmann held positions with PPG Industries Inc., working to develop coatings for the automotive and general industrial markets, and Cargill Inc., where he was responsible for production scale-up, technical service and bringing to market a complete line of licensed acrylic resins. He also helped develop a new biodegradable polymer from lactic acid (PolyLactic Acid or PLA). Hartmann holds a Masters of Science degree in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with an emphasis on polymers and coating options from North Dakota State University. In his free time, he enjoys mountaineering, climbing and skiing, all of which provide for ample testing of Outlast ® proactive, heat and moisture management products.
John Hillenbrand (Owens Corning Inc.)
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Vamsi Krishna Jasti, Ph.D (Johnson Controls Inc.)
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Brad Kalil (INDA)
Future Trends for Durable Nonwoven Products
Brad joined INDA April 2013. Kalil comes to INDA from The Hartman Group where he was Senior Quantitative Research Analyst, advising the world’s best known brands on consumer demand and market strategy. Prior to joining The Hartman Group, Kalil had a number of market research/analyst roles in the specialty pulp, tissue and hygiene markets. He also worked for RISI and spent seven years with Weyerhaeuser in market research and business intelligence with many of his customers being the largest hygiene producers in the world.
Rick Klaus (Nordson Corporation)
“Using Foamed PSA Adhesive Technology to Stretch Your Manufacturing Dollars”
Rick Klaus is the manager of Nonwovens Systems Group and Web Coating at Nordson Corporation, where his management responsibilities include Sales, Service and System Engineering teams in support of key global accounts and the North American market. Rick came to Nordson 15 years ago as part of the J&M Laboratories acquisition, where he served as worldwide sales manager. He previously worked for Paper Converting Machine Company for more than 16 years selling converting equipment into the paper, film, foil and nonwovens markets, rising to become global sales manager of their Nonwovens Division. Rick has more than 30 years experience in the nonwovens and capital equipment sales areas and holds a BA in Business from Lakeland College. In his free time Rick appreciates spending time with his family and friends and enjoys golf, fishing, and the Green Bay Packers.
Melba Kurman (Triple Helix Innovation, LLC)
“3D Printing and the New Manufacturing”
My name is Melba Kurman. I’m a writer and technology analyst. Particular areas of interest include 3D printing, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and intelligent machines. I’ve written two books, several articles, and commissioned reports about emerging technology. My consulting firm, Triple Helix Innovation, creates custom reports to help people, universities and companies make sense of new technologies.
My recent book on 3D printing, Fabricated: the New World of 3D Printing, has been translated into six languages and was selected as a Featured Book at Barnes & Noble. My most recent book, Tech Transfer 2.0: How universities can unlock their patent portfolios and create more tech startups, is a collection of essays from my now-retired blog, Tech Transfer 2.0. I’ve written several articles and commissioned reports on innovative technologies.
In the past, I worked as a product manager and industry analyst at Microsoft and spent a few years marketing Cornell University’s patent portfolio to the commercial marketplace. A few years ago I founded Triple Helix Innovation to help universities and companies create better technology commercialization strategy. Since then, I’ve been writing, blogging and consulting. I love to speak to live audiences. Whenever I get the change, I give talks about innovative technology, 3D printing, or university technology commercialization.
When I’m not struggling at the computer keyboard, I spend time with my husband and two dogs. I am a graduate of Cornell University, the University of Illinois and the U.S. Peace Corps (Liberia, West Africa).
Roger Lipton(FibeRio Technology Corporation)
“ The Impact of High Volume, Low Cost Nanofiber Production on the Nonwovens Industry”
Roger Lipton is the past President, CEO and co -founder of Calcitec, Inc., a biomaterials company specializing in nano-structured tissue scaffolds developed for use in the spine and general orthopedics market. Mr. Lipton has held senior management positions in both private and public medical device companies for the past twenty years. Prior to forming Calcitec, he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of ORATEC Interventions, Inc (OTEC; NASDQ), acquired by Smith and Nephew and Director of Corporate Development for Orthofix, Inc. (OFIX, NASDQ). Mr. Lipton holds a B.S. Degree in Marketing from the University of Hartford and a degree in international business from Nijenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands.
Fred Lybrand (Elmarco, Inc.)
“Using Widely Adopted Frameworks, Such as the Gartner Hype Cycle, to Understand the State of Nanofiber Production”
Energetic and accomplished global executive adept in establishing high-growth, multimillion dollar operations of substantial impact, reaching business and profit goals with corporate financing strategies, cost control and technical solutions. Cross-cultural leader with demonstrated ability to create order and discipline in complex, highly stressed and high growth environments with 15 years of experience in numerous startup, turnaround and business advisory roles throughout the Americas. Strategist and visionary, always thinking ahead while remaining flexible and open to new opportunities; practices honesty, ethics, and personifies integrity in all matters; possesses exemplary inter-personal and communication skills; diplomatic and persuasive
Val Marinov, Ph.D.(University of North Dakota-Fargo)
“Simple and Cost-efficient RFID Tagging for Hygiene Applications”
Val R. Marinov graduated magna cum laude with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in manufacturing engineering from the Technical University, Rousse, Bulgaria, in 1979. He received his Ph.D. degree in manufacturing engineering from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1992. He has seven years of industrial and more than 25 years of academic experience in the area of manufacturing engineering for metal, plastic, and electronic products. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, ND. Prior to joining NDSU, he served on the faculty at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. His prior affiliations include the Technical University in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and the Laboratory for Precision Machining and Machine Tools, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon, South Korea.
Since 2002 Dr. Marinov has been associated with the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), Fargo, ND, where he has been leading some of the most successful large research teams composed of undergraduate and graduate students, staff researchers, and NDSU faculty. Under his leadership and based on his recent invention, his research team was the first in the world to demonstrate in 2011 the use of lasers for contactless packaging of functional microelectronic devices. Recently, Dr. Marinov’s team has reported, again for the first time, embedding ultrathin RFID chips in paper for applications such as security and financial paper, smart labels and tickets, RFID banknotes, and many more, using the laser-enabled advanced packaging (LEAP) technology pioneered by the team. This work received a worldwide attention and has been featured in various technical publications and in major media outlets around the world.
Dr. Marinov has (co)authored over fifty publications in broad and diversified fields, most recently in the area of laser methods for advanced microelectronics packaging.
David L. Nelson(3M)
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Over 35 years at 3M.
Over 30 years experience with nonwovens in various manufacturing and laboratory positions.
Currently manages 3M's global nonwovens technology laboratory.
Current chair of the Nonwoven Cooperative Research Center's Industrial Advisory Board at North Carolina State.
Former Board Member of INDA.
Adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.
Elena Novarino, Ph.D. (Fitesa)
“Stretching Nonwoven Performance”
Elena Novarino is a Development Scientist at Fitesa working in the PPD department (Product and Process Development) in Germany. In her role, she is responsible on a global base for the development and upscale to commercial lines of new nonwoven materials for hygiene, home care and industrial market. Her work also includes direct contact with sales and customers.
After completing her master degree in “Industrial Chemistry”, Elena moved from Italy to the Netherlands, where she obtained her Ph.D. in “Organometallic Chemistry” at the University of Groningen. Elena started her carrier as research chemist at Dow. She has worked in multiple sites across Europe in the areas of water purification and polymerization catalyst development.
Tingrui Pan, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis)
“MiFIT: Microfluidic-Fabric Interfacial Technology for Biofluid Manipulation”
Prof. Tingrui Pan received the B. Eng. degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and both the M. S. degree in Biomedical Engineering and the Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In 2006, Prof. Pan joined in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, where he is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Micro-Nano Innovations (MiNI) Laboratory (http://mini.ucdavis.edu). His current research interests include innovative micronanofabrication technologies, nature-inspired micro-nano electromechanical systems, and novel bioinstrumentations for ophthalmic diagnostics and therapeutics. He has authored and co-authored more than forty refereed journal and conference publications and held several US patent applications. Prof. Pan currently serves on the editor board of Annals of Biomedical Engineering, a flagship journal of the biomedical engineering society and co-chairs the US Contest of Applications in Nano/Micro Technologies (uCAN), a student design competition in micro-nanoengineering. He was a recipient of NSF CAREER Award and Xerox Foundation Award, and a co-recipient of NSF EFRI Award. In 2009, He founded an UC Davis international education initiative – Global Research and Education in Advanced Technologies (GREAT) Program. In 2011, Dr. Pan received the Outstanding Engineering Junior Career Faculty Award and the Outstanding Service Award from UC Davis.
Chris Paynter (IMERYS Performance Minerals, NA)
“Mineral Solutions for Polypropylene Nonwovens”
With over 16,000 employees in 50 countries and more than 250 industrial sites around the globe, Imerys is the world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions. Imerys transforms minerals to essential functions that are critical to its customers' products and manufacturing processes. Chris Paynter is the Director of Technology and Innovation in North America.
Chris attained a BSc in Chemistry from The University of Plymouth (UK); an LRSC in Advanced Analytical Techniques from The University of Exeter (UK) and an MSc in Materials Science from The University of Surrey (UK). He joined the Industrial Minerals sector when the rocks were still young in 1980 and has held many posts within The Research and Development communities of both English China Clays and Imerys since that time. His research interests have spanned a number of the markets where industrial minerals are valued. For example, he has been responsible for technical advances and New Product Development in fields as diverse as paper; paint, inks and coatings; building and construction products; sealants and adhesives; lawn care and landscaping; and health, beauty and nutrition. Throughout his career his main focus, however, has always remained on mineral filled plastic composites. During this conference he will present a discussion on an exciting development in this field from Imerys' innovation community.
Lee Polance (HB Fuller)
“Breathable Reactive Hot Melt Adhesives for Textile Lamination”
Lee Polance is currently serving as the Global Product Director for Reactive Adhesive s for H.B. Fuller. She has over 15 years of work experience in the adhesives field as well as a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. Recently she spent three years in Shanghai China as the Regional Technology Director for Asia Pacific where she managed the startup and growth of the R&D lab there. The development of reactive hot melt adhesives for use in textile laminations contributed significantly to the growth of the business in Asia.
Behnam Pourdeyhimi(The Nonwovens Institute)
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“Processing Trends in Submicron Fiber Development”
Behnam Pourdeyhimi is a William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension and Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute and the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center North Carolina State University.
Ph.D., Textiles, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1982.
170 refereed publications, 150 conference proceedings, 10 patents, many awards.
David Y.H. Pui, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
“Environmental, Health and Safety Studies of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Nanofibers”
David Y. H. Pui, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, is the L.M. Fingerson/TSI Inc Chair in Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Particle Technology Laboratory and of the Center for Filtration Research, University of Minnesota. He has a broad range of research experience in aerosol science and technology and has over 220 journal papers and 20 patents. He has developed/co‐developed several widely used commercial aerosol instruments. Dr. Pui is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and has received many awards, including the Max Planck Research Award (1993), the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists (2000), the Fuchs Memorial Award (2010)‐‐the highest disciplinary award conferred jointly by the American, German and Japanese Aerosol Associations, and the Einstein Professorship Award (2013) by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He was a past President of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) and of the International Aerosol Research Assembly (IARA) consisting of 15 international aerosol associations.
Miriam Rafailovich, Ph.D. (SUNY at Stony Brook)
“Bedbug and Termite Control via Nanofibers”
Dr. Miriam Rafailovich obtained her PhD, in physics from Stony Brook University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Senior Scientist at the Weizmann Institute. She subsequently served as Professor of Physics at the City University of New York (Queens College), Visiting Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and then joined the Stony Brook Department of Materials Science, where she currently holds the position of distinguished professor, co-director of the program in chemical and molecular engineering and Chief Scientist of the New York State Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. Her research interests are focused on polymer surface engineering, flame retardant polymer nanocomposites, biomaterials and biomechanics, and tissue engineering. She has more than 380 journal publications and book chapters, graduated 50 PhD and MS students, mentored fifteen research associates, and hundreds of high school and undergraduate students. She is a Fellow the American Physical Society and was twice named a Lady Davis Foundation Scholar.
David E. Rousse (INDA , Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry)
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Dave Rousse has over 15 years experience in nonwoven producing companies and an entire career in engineered materials since graduating from Dartmouth and its associated Engineering and Business schools. Rousse was President, Hygiene/Medical Americas at Fiberweb in Simpsonville, SC before being promoted in 2007 to President of all of Fiberweb Americas and basing in Nashville. Most recently, he served as CEO of HydroLogex LLC, a young Nashville based designer/supplier of proprietary decentralized wastewater treatment systems in the CleanTech sector. Prior to Fiberweb, Rousse was a Vice President at Monadnock Paper Mills, a manufacturer of nonwovens and specialty papers. He was also a Vice President & General Manager at FiberMark Inc., another specialty paper/nonwovens producer. Prior to that he held a series of marketing/sales leadership positions at International Paper.
Greg Schroeder (Center for Automotive Research)
“Mass Reduction – Opportunities and Challenges in the Automotive Industry”
Greg Schroeder is a senior research engineer at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), where he works in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (MET) Group since 2008. Mr. Schroeder’s primary focus is opportunities for mass reduction of new automobiles through advanced materials. He has conducted technology reviews of advanced light weighting technology, investigated the impact of advanced lightweight materials on the automotive workforce, and conducted case studies documenting new applications with advanced materials. In addition Mr. Schroeder has performed several studies on the viability of automotive testing services and analyzed data for automotive body assembly variation modeling. He frequently works with the Transportation Systems Analysis (TSA) Research Group at CAR on telematics technology.
Prior to joining CAR, Mr. Schroeder worked at General Motors as a Test Engineer at General Motors’ Climate Wind Tunnel where he led the group that defined standard procedures for temperature measurement of vehicle batteries, developed programs to efficiently process data for test reports, and was lead engineer in the field of thermography for product development.
Mr. Schroeder has co‐authored several research studies including: "Automotive Technology: Greener Products, Changing Skills Lightweight Materials & Forming Report"; Green and Connected; and The U.S. Automotive Market and Industry in 2025. Mr. Schroeder is a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He received his M.S.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2005 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in 2000.
Miles C. Wright(Xanofi, Inc.)
“Next Generation Nanofiber Applications – Moving Commercial Products Beyond Air Filtration”
Miles Wright, CEO: Miles has over 20 years of startup, entrepreneurial and manufacturing expertise in a variety of industries. His successful launches include Accugraphics, Eyebeam, Signature Publishing, and MCW Properties, in addition to developing new technology for CoastMaster. He co-founded a prominent nonprofit group to benefit children in Haiti and has served as a Director for numerous organizations.